Delayed due to technology being a jerk! Liz brings you another double dose of This Day In Wrestling History.
The 27th and 28th days of October are jammed packed with goodness! Hulk and Piper to TNA! Arn Anderson and Sid Vicious stabbing each other?!?
Born On These Dates:
- 1962 – Florencio Diaz Bolaños (May Flowers)
- 1965 – David “Bruno” Lauer (Harvey Whippleman)
- 1973 – Alvin Burke Jr. (MVP)
- 1981 – Paul Grint (Stixx)
- 1951 – Michael Sharpe (Iron Mike Sharpe)
- 1965 – Ryukaku (Junji) Izumida
- 1970 – Jason (Apollo) Garvin
- 1974 – Gentaro Takahashi
- 1976 – Dan Lopez (Dan Maff)
- 1980 – Christina (Christy) Lee Hemme
- 1982 – John R. Rivera (Rocky Romero,)
On Theses Date in Wrestling History:
- 1960 – Mike DiBiase defeats Pancho Lopez (Lorenzo Parente) to win the Amarillo version of the NWA North American Heavyweight Title in Amarillo, Texas.
- 1961 – Sputnik Monroe defeats Dory Dixon to win the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title in Houston, Texas.
- 1964 – Fred Blassie & Mr. Moto defeat The Destroyer & Hard Boiled Haggerty for the WWA Tag Team Title in Long Beach, California.
- 1965 – Danny McShain defeats Dick Dunn for the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title in Mobile, Alabama, ending Dunn’s fourth reign.
- 1966 – Tony Borne & Mr. Fuji defeat Rene Goulet & Shag Thomas for the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title.
- 1967 – The Hangman wins the NWA Central States Heavyweight Title from Sonny Myers in St. Joseph, Missouri, ending Myers’ 13th reign.
- 1971 – Ed Francis defeat Moondog Mayne to win the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Title in Honolulu, Hawaii.
- 1971 – Sweet Daddy Siki defeats Sam Steamboat for the Hawaii version of the NWA North American Heavyweight Title.
- 1973 – Dutch Savage & Jimmy Snuka defeat Bull Ramos & Ripper Collins to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title.
- 1973 – Robert Fuller & Bob Armstrong defeat Stan Vachon and Bobby Duncum for the NWA Georgia Tag Team Title.
- 1977 – Dr. X & Ciclon Negro defeat Porkchop Cash & Ray Candy for the Tri-State version of the NWA United States Tag Team Title.
- 1978 – Butcher Brannigan & Ox Baker defeat Larry O’Day & Mario Milano to win the NWA Austra-Asian Tag Team Title in Sydney, Australia.
- 1978 – TNT defeats El Nazi for the Mexican National Heavyweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico.
- 1978 – Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen defeat Tommy Rich & Mr. Wrestling II for the NWA Georgia Tag Team Title in Atlanta, Georgia.
- 1980 – Larry Latham & Bill Irwin defeat Tommy & Eddie Gilbert to win the AWA Southern Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee.
- 1984 – Chris Adams, Gino Hernandez and Jake Roberts defeat Kerry Von Erich, Mike Von Erich and Bobby Fulton for the Texas (WCCW) version of the NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Title in Dallas, Texas.
- 1984 – Bruiser Costa & Spider Web defeat Ole Olson & Randy Rich for the Vancouver version of the NWA Canadian Tag Team Title in Cloverdale, British Columbia, Canada.
- 1986 – Big Bubba (Fred Ottman) defeats Tracy Smothers for the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee, ending Smothers’ second reign.
- 1987 – Strike Force (Tito Santana & Rick Martel) defeat The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart) for the WWF World Tag Team Title.
- 1992 – Shawn Michaels defeats Davey Boy Smith for the WWF Intercontinental Title in Terra Haute, Indiana. This would mark the first major singles title victory for the ‘Heartbreak Kid’.
- 1993 – Sid Vicious and Arn Anderson are involved in a real life incident in England. An argument between the two escalated through out the day, culiminating in Vicious barging into Anderson’s hotel room. The brawl ended in the two stabbing each other a total of 24 times. 2 Cold Scorpio broke up the fight and is credited with saving Anderson’s life, as he was bleeding heavily. Vader is believed to have saved Vicious’ life by plugging an abdominal wound with his finger. The two were deported after they were discharged from the hospital. Vicious was ultimately fired, and Anderson suspsended. The two have since resolved their issues.
- 1996 – WCW Halloween Havoc was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was highlighted by Roddy Piper coming out after the main event to confront Hulk Hogan. Ultimately asking him, “Do you think they would have cheered for you, if they didn’t hate me?”
- 2000 – Akua & Kaimana are awarded the newly revived NWA Hawaii Tag Team Title in Kalihi, Hawaii.
- 2001 – Apolo defeats Glamour Boy Shane for the IWA Heavyweight Title in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
- 2002 – The Great Muta defeats Genichiro Tenryu for the AJPW Triple Crown Title in Tokyo, Japan, beginning Muta’s second reign.
- 2003 – WWE Raw from Fayetteville, North Carolina saw Rob Van Dam win his fourth Intercontinental Title and Chris Jericho win his sixth Intercontinental Title, all in one night.
- 2004 – Fergal Devitt defeats Dru Onyx to win the NWA British Commonwealth Heavyweight Title in Cardiff, Wales, England.
- 2007 – AWA legend and WWE Hall Of Famer Verne Gagne was inducted into the Museum of Broadcasting Hall Of Fame in Minnesota.
- 2008 – Ring of Honor released Gabe Sapolsky from the company. He had been serving as booker from its creation. He would be replaced by Adam Pearce.
- 2009 -Hulk Hogan announces that he has signed with TNA. Eric Bischoff was also at the press conference, and although nothing formally was announced about Bischoff, he too would sign with the company
- 2010 – Colt Cabana and comedian Marty DeRose launched a new DVD series, $5 Wrestling, combining Mystery Science Theater riffing with pro wrestling.
- 2010 – Heritage Championship Wrestling champion “The Future” Donovan Ruddick signed a WWE developmental deal.
- 2010 – WWE made the decision to resurrect the King of the Ring tournament for a November three-hour edition of Monday Night Raw.
- 2010 – The Connecticut Post ran a story where Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz responded to the discrimination lawsuit that Vince McMahon filed yesterday concerning her not wanting to allow voters in her state to wear WWE clothing to the polls on Tuesday. She had asserted that while WWE clothing doesn’t bear Senate candidate Linda McMahon’s name, the implication is it is there since she is so closely identified with World Wrestling Entertainment. Bysiewicz said that her intentions had been misconstrued and sent the following letter to registrars and town clerks yesterday.
- 2012 –WWE announced that Lilian Garcia was hospitalized after being struck by a car in Los Angeles. Garcia made a full recovery.
- 2012 – The NWA championship was vacated following the end of the Best of Seven Series between Adam Pearce and Colt Cabana. Cabana won the series but not the title. They announced before the bout that the NWA had ruled the bout was non-title.
- 2015 – WWE 2K16 launched in North America. The fourth game under the WWE 2K banner was considered a vast improvement over the last game.
1989 – The first WCW Halloween Havoc PPV was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Civic Center.
- Tom Zenk defeated Mike Rotunda.
- The Samoan Swat Team (Samu, Fatu and The Samoan Savage) defeated The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane) and Steve Williams.
- Tommy Rich defeated The Cuban Assassin.
- The Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes) defeated The Dynamic Dudes (Shane Douglas and Johnny Ace) to retain the NWA World Tag Team Championship.
- Doom (Ron Simmons and Butch Reed) defeated The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott).
- Lex Luger defeated Brian Pillman to retain the NWA United States Championship.
- The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal) defeated The Skyscrapers (Sid Vicious and Dan Spivey) by disqualification.
- Ric Flair and Sting defeated The Great Muta and Terry Funk in a Thunderdome cage match. The cage (part of which actually caught fire pre-match) was decorated in the spirit of the holiday and electrified to prevent outsiders from entering and competitors from leaving. The match could only end when one of the managers threw in the towel on their team’s behalf. Ole Anderson nailed Gary Hart, causing Hart’s towel to fly into the ring, causing special referee Bruno Sammartino to end the match.
1995 – Jesse James Armstrong & Tracey Smothers defeated PG-13 for the USWA Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee, ending PG-13’s ninth reign with the belts.
1995 – ECW ran in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the ECW Arena that completely went off the rails when fire was introduced. The use of fire was out of control resulting in Funk being in the midst of a ring of fire and needing medical treatment for second degree burns.
2000– Bret Hart announces his retirement from wrestling. It came just two weeks after WCW fired him for inactivity via FedEx.
2000 – Genichiro Tenryu defeated Toshiaki Kawada in the final of a tournament to win the vacant All Japan Pro Wrestling Triple Crown championship.
2003 – Low Ki, one of the central figures of Ring of Honor, leaves the company over creative and financial differences.
2003– Ring of Honor announces that The Great Muta would lead a group of stars from All Japan Pro Wrestling to ROH’s Final Battle in Philadelphia, paving the way for what, at the time, would be the biggest show in company history that December.
2005 – Takeshi Morishima & Mohammed Yone defeated Naomichi Marufuji & Minoru Suzuki to win the Pro Wrestling NOAH Global Honored Crown Tag Team Titles
2005 – TNA minority owner Jerry Jarrett visits WWE to introduce the company to Oleg Prudius, who they sign without ever having seen work in the ring. Prudius goes on to have a run as Vladimir Kozlov. Jarrett gets extreme heat from TNA over the decision to visit with the company and is bought out as minority owner. It was a strategic move by Jarrett who wanted out of TNA due to the Carter family involvement.
2006 – WWE makes the decision to suspend ECW house shows and combine them instead with Smackdown events. The ECW house shows never return.
2014 – WWE 2K15 is launched in North America. The game was rebuilt from the ground up, including an emphasis on realism and career mode.
Died On These Dates:
1991 – Rocky Hata